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Meet the Board

The Board of Trustees



Lowell Williams

As Principal of Dudley College since 2008, Lowell is responsible for providing further and higher education programmes for 12,000 young people and adults. 

The College, employing 700 staff, specialises in programmes for employers and is now recognised as a leading provider of leadership and management and technical training across the West Midlands. 

Lowell possesses highly effective communication skills and a strong desire and commitment to serve the needs of the local community.  Lowell recently led the successful delivery of a £30m capital project to build the first two phases of Dudley’s new Learning Quarter.  


Deputy Chair

Fiona Toye

Fiona was born and educated in New Zealand and came to England in 1979. She is a founding member of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and sits on the Management Board of the Business Improvement District for the area and the Jewellery Trade Skills Advisory Committee. 

Fiona was recently awarded Apprentice Employer of the Year, and is deputy chair of the Board of Governors of Exhall Grange School, Bedworth. 

Appointed as Deputy Chair in January 2016

/media/about/library/140704_230_belford_picture.jpgDr. Paul Belford

Paul is a professional archaeologist with particular enthusiasm for public and community engagement. He has over 20 years' experience of managing archaeology and cultural heritage projects in the UK & overseas, and considerable experience in the work of educational charities. His research interests include ferrous industries, industrial society and workers' housing.


/media/about/library/nicola-harding-photo2.jpgNicola Harding 

Nicky has 18 years’ experience in Museum and Exhibition Design, implementation and education.  She has a keen interest in the development of the visitor experience within museums, expanding this interest through her current teaching role in Interior Design at De Montfort University by directing live projects with students and providing specialist knowledge in Museum and Exhibition design. 

Nicky previously worked as a Senior Project Designer at Haley Sharpe Design in Leicester, followed by a freelance design role at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Galleries whilst studying for her Masters in Museum Studies.

Nicky holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and BA (Hons) in Museum & Exhibition Design from the University of Lincoln and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education to support her teaching practice.


Andrew Fry

Andrew has extensive experience as a non-executive director and chair on four boards in the area – Sandwell Leisure Trust; Sandwell Arts Trust; Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; and The Community Housing Group. 

Having completed degrees in history and theology he trained in marketing and brand management.

Currently Managing Director and owner of a property company and manufacturing consultancy, for 20 years Andrew was Managing Director and owner of a specialist retail interiors design and manufacturing group.

Andrew has a passionate interest in 19th and early 20th century history, particularly industrial archaeology, technology and the built environment.  

/media/about/library/160309_230_nick_loveland_pic1.jpgNick Loveland

Nick is currently Chief Operating Officer of Performances Birmingham Ltd (PBL), the charitable trust that operates Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall, where he has led on cultural transformation following a major staffing restructure, introduced a large number of initiatives to the catering offer (increasing income by 40%), and is the primary point of contact for new trustees. 

Nick has worked for Symphony Hall Birmingham and PBL since 1991, and was the only member of the former senior management team to be offered a senior role in the new organisational structure.  He also project managed the refurbishment of Birmingham Town Hall, developed PBL’s environmental strategy and is currently developing PBL’s five year organisational business plan. 

Nick was appointed to the Environmental Leadership Group of Julie’s Bicycle (via Arts Council England) in June 2015 and is an appointed Director of Birmingham  Westside Business Improvement District.

/media/about/library/131007_230_malcolm_dick.jpgDr. Malcolm McKinnon Dick

Malcolm is the Director for the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham with a particular interest in the social and industrial history of Birmingham and the Black Country since 1700.  In this role Malcolm manages the MA in West Midlands History. 

Malcolm has written and contributed to several books and publications concerning the history of the West Midlands with special reference to the Midlands Enlightenment of the late 18th century, the development of Birmingham and the Black Country and the history of ethnic minority communities; and he supported and assisted the Museum in securing Designation by Arts Council England.  

/media/about/library/christine-perks-custom.jpg Councillor Christine Perks

Christine retired from a career in the NHS and Social Services to become a Councillor for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Amblecote Ward (where she was lead for ‘Amblecote in Bloom’).  She has been Councillor for Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews Ward since 2012. 

Christine has been a trustee of the Netherton Regeneration Group since its inception in 2000, and a member of the Friends of Netherton Park, also since 2000.  She is passionate about community improvements and environmental projects. 

Christine has also been an active volunteer since 1980; working with children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, as a youth worker, as a Friend of the Black Country Living Museum and as a member of the Netherton Tenants and Residents Association and Community Forum.  She is also a School Governor at Northfield Road Primary School, Netherton. 

Christine’s personal interests include gardening, local history and archaeology. 

/media/about/library/131007_230_mike_williams.jpgMike S Williams

Mike Williams has been associated with the Museum for about eighteen years and has chaired the Enterprise Company for the last six years.

Now semi retired, Mike was employed as Director of Finance at Dudley MBC for over fifteen years, and prior to that held senior finance positions with Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands County Council.

With a wide range of personal interests, he is also a Board Member of the Midlands Arts Centre, a member of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club Committee and the Warwickshire Cricket Board, a Non Executive Director of  a Mental Health Trust and Trustee of a local charity.

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